Students must apply via one of the following online application forms:-
Throughout the MA Photography course you will develop a professional base for your future career. The course is tailored to your individual interests and we invite you to share your aspirations with us at interview.
By the end of the course, you will have prepared a substantial portfolio of creative and written work and participated in a public exhibition.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods ranging from professional and academic skills workshops, research seminars, theory lectures, practical demonstrations, peer critiques, and group discussions. These are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.
You will also have high levels of contact with tutors who give regular feedback and support. You will have the opportunity to meet established practitioners and hear about their work and careers. Portfolio review opportunities allow you to discuss your portfolio with leading national and international artists, and photographic professionals, publishers, gallery and museum curators.
You are assessed throughout the development of each self-initiated piece of work.
The contextual studies modules will use written assessment (essays, exhibition reviews, reflective accounts of own practice, funding proposals) to evidence your ability to articulate your ideas and use research to inform your creative and professional practice.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is
in a subject related area. We will consider applicants with professional and vocational experience.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for a range of positions within the creative sector which include professional photography and arts practice, curatorial, editorial and design work as well as education.
Recent Sunderland graduates are now working in art institutions, museums, community arts organisations, Further Education Colleges and the wider media industry. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for undertaking a PhD.
You will have a range of opportunities to meet different practitioners working across the photographic sector. NEPN provides a programme of speakers and events that question and engage with photographic debates.
Previous speakers have included: Simon Norfolk, Helen Sear, Rosy Martin, John Davies, Peter Fryer, Paul Seawright, Liz Wells, Jem Southam, Tomoko Yoneda, Melanie Friend, Julian Germain, Paul Wombell, Dinu Li, Paul Hermann, Nicola Dove and Julian Stallabrass.
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